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Record Number: 11881


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Most of the books I choose from the free library are for the wife. I cast my eye over the books vaguely searching for likely looking binding. If one catches my eye, such as a new looking book, I glance at the title and author. If that looks promising, I take the book out and scan the synopsis, if there is one, and then scan the first page, before flicking over the pages and reading snatches of the dialogue. If there seems to be plenty of action, I choose the book. I avoid books about the present or last war.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1942 and 30 Mar 1942

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

anon

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Unknown

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

unknown

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

unknown

Title:

synopsis of book

Genre:

synopsis and blurb

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID:

11881

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

File Report 1332, July 1942, BOOKS AND THE PUBLIC, p. 145, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk ,

Citation:

File Report 1332, July 1942, BOOKS AND THE PUBLIC, p. 145, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk , http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=11881, accessed: 30 June 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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